Proceedings of the International Workshop on Groundnuts

Gibbons, R W and Mertin, J V, eds. (1980) Proceedings of the International Workshop on Groundnuts. International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics.

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One of the impor tant functions of an international research institute is the holding of workshops, conferences, and symposia where delegates from many parts of the wor l d can meet together to discuss research problems and progress. ICRISAT has hosted many such workshops, but this is the first one that has been held solely for groundnuts. It was an appropriate t ime to hold such a meeting, as our program at ICRISAT Center is almost ful l y staffed and we are preparing to place staff at research stations in Africa. The research program of ICRISAT presented at the Groundnut Workshop and the deliberations and discussions thereon clearly indicate that the Institute's main lines of research, aimed at overcoming major yield-reducingconstraints, are appropriate and welcome. One area that undoubtedl y needs early and mor e concentrated attention is drought resistance. It is alarming to hear of the evastation that has affected groundnut production and reduced the cultivated area, particularly in the drier zones of West Africa. We are pleased that the groundnut physiology program is now under way, and we look forwar d to fruitful cooperation wi t h our colleagues in national programs. It is also pleasing to find that the Indian groundnut research program is being strengthened and that a new national center is being form ed in the high production area of Gujarat State. This is very appropriate because of the large deficit of vegetable oils in India, which in turn means that precious foreign exchange has to be spent on impor t s despite India being the largest groundnut producer in the wor ld. There is undoubtedl y also a pressing need in many other parts of the wor ld to increase groundnut production and initiate more research. We believe that ICRISAT can help. On behalf of ICRISAT I woul d like to thank all the delegates, many of wh om travelled far to Hyderabad, for making this workshop a success.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: Mandate crops > Groundnut
Depositing User: Library ICRISAT
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2011 08:21
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2011 08:21
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